FG 194 (President's Commission for the Observance of Human Rights Year) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   1.5 in.
  • Number of pages:   200
Organizational Note

The President's Commission for the Observance of Human Rights Year was originally appointed by President Johnson in 1968. Its function was to promote 1968 as the twentieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was composed of eighteen members, seven from federal agencies and eleven private citizens. The Commission terminated in January 1969.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of memoranda, correspondence, press statements and reports.

Primary correspondents include Stephen Bull and Averell Harriman.

Topics include the final report of the Commission

The terms Executive and General used before the file designation FG 194 generally determine the source of the material. Items designated Executive are communications between Commission members or staff and the President, White House staff members, Federal officials, members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between White House staff members and the general public or a Congressional representative writing on behalf of a constituent.

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